Sports Academy Administration

Diane Nelson

Diane Nelson

Director of Instruction

Diane Nelson, Director of Instruction, is founder of West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy programs.

Chosen as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2012 by the Learning Partnership, Diane was selected for her ability to communicate a compelling vision, to engage the community by consistently bringing together a highly knowledgeable and competent team of teachers, coaches, instructors, and other community members to work together to deliver quality programs for student-athletes.  Diane is an exceptional leader, one who continues to lay the foundation for the success of her students and the betterment of the community through a strong and vibrant public education system.

Twice nominated (2002 & 2012) for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the categories of Entrepreneurship, as well as Education, Training & Development, Diane has been honoured for her achievements that contribute to the well-being and future of the community. The YWCA Women of Distinction Award is recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women.

diane-nelson-awardWith over 30 years experience in education, as both a teacher and administrator, Diane has obtained her Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Counseling Psychology, and Master’s in Educational Administration, all from the University of British Columbia.

As a MindUP Trainer, Diane has provided numerous workshops and in-service for teachers to help them deliver an evidence-based curriculum that helps foster social and emotional awareness, enhance psychological well-being, and promote academic success. Diane inspires educators to create an optimistic classroom that promotes and develops mindful attention to oneself and others, tolerance of differences, and the capacity of each student to grow as a human being and a learner.

An educational consultant for the Vancouver Canucks’ Community Partnership Program since 2005, Diane is the creator and author of the character education program called Fin’s Friends. The program was written for teachers to help them provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance ethical and responsible behaviour. This valuable classroom resource for teachers assists them with the teaching of social responsibility and character building. The program, written for Grades K-3, is being taught by primary teachers in over 3800 classrooms around the province. To date, the program is being used in over 35% of all K-3 classrooms in B.C. Diane last presented the program Nationally to educators at the Canada Character Conference held in Abbotsford, B.C. October 2015.

diane-nelson-w-gordon-campbellDiane’s leadership style is marked by her entrepreneurial spirit. Her accomplishments are numerous including founding, owning and operating the Vancouver Griffins, the first women’s professional hockey team in Western Canada, a member of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). The team featured Olympians such as Nancy Drolet, Cammi Granato, Shelley Looney and Courtney Kennedy. In November, 2010, Cammi Granato was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Many of her Griffins’ artifacts are on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame, including the signing of her first pro contract with the Griffins’ organization. In 2002, the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognized Diane for her achievements in sport as part of an exclusive group of 35 outstanding women leaders and legends.

A long time athlete, she has competed in numerous sports including half marathons, 10km runs, triathlons, dragon boating, field hockey, figure skating, bodybuilding and swimming. Some highlights include 6 gold medals at the 1986 World Lifeguard Championships and Miss Vancouver, 1983 Bodybuilding Championships.

Diane’s entire career has been about giving students an opportunity to better themselves and realize their hopes and aspirations. She firmly believes that enthusiastic and thoughtful guidance is the best way to assist our youth on the path that they choose.

Paul Eberhardt

Paul Eberhardt

Vice Principal Academies

A Vancouver native Paul began his coaching career in 1982 while he was still a student at Magee Secondary and continued coaching as he got both his Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. He also earned his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2005. He began teaching in the Richmond School District in 1989 where he spent 28 years prior to moving to the West Vancouver School District in 2018 to take on the job of Vice Principal for the Academy Programs.

During his career Coach Ebe has coached just about every sport but his main passion is coaching basketball which he has coached at every level including High School, College, Provincial Teams and the Canadian National Team. Presently Paul is the head coach of the Langara Falcons men’s team and the West Vancouver Highlanders grade 9 boys team. Paul has been recognized as one of top coaches in the Country as he was selected as the 2013 Canadian Colleges men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. He has also been selected by Sport BC as the Coach of the Year in 2014 and Basketball BC has named him the College Coach of the Year in 2013 & 2014 and the High School Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2011. Paul’s colleagues also recognized him as the PACWEST Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014 & 2017 as well as Richmond Coach of the Year in 2011 and the Lower Mainland Coach of the Year in 2007.

Paul has been chosen to lead our BC Provincial teams on numerous occasions winning five gold medals and one silver at the Western Canada Games and one silver medal and three bronze at the Canadian National Championships. Paul was also selected to be an assistant coach with the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team from 2000 to 2004.

Paul is also one of only two coaches in the Country to have won both a High School Provincial Championship which he did in 2011 with the Palmer Griffins and a Canadian College National Championship in 2014 with the Langara Falcons.

Paul has also been very actively involved in athletic administration as he was an Athletic Director for over 20 years and he has also served on the Board of Directors for the Nighthoops Program which works with at-risk youth in Vancouver. Paul has also worked with Basketball BC on a number of occasions serving as the chair for a variety of elite programs and he was the longest serving President of the BC High School Boys Basketball Association serving from 2014 to 2018. For all his volunteer work in high school sports BC School Sports recognized Paul with a Special Merit award in 2018. Presently, Paul is the head coach of the Langara Falcons men’s team and the West Vancouver Highlanders Junior boys team.

Tara Ledingham

Tara Ledingham

Assistant

Tara was raised in West Vancouver and attended UBC and SFU, graduating with a double major in Sociology and Communications.

Since graduating, Tara has been employed in the human resources field for over twenty years.  She initially worked as a recruitment specialist for Medical Recruiters International Canada, placing medical professionals in hospital and clinic settings in the United States.

After taking time off to raise her two children, Tara was hired by Mackay CEO Forums as a meeting and event planner before starting with West Vancouver Schools in 2016.

Tara has also enjoyed contract work with BC Children’s Hospital and the Crystal Ball Foundation and was registrar for the North Shore Inline Hockey league.

Being a part of the West Vancouver community has always been important to Tara and she spent several years managing her children’s sports teams and volunteering at the school level.

Teacher/Coaches

Greg Meldrum

Greg Meldrum

WVS Teacher / Head Coach

Raised in West Vancouver, Greg began his basketball career as a “Highlander” at WVSS. In 1991, he was recruited by the University of Victoria where he played five years with the “Vikes.”

After graduating in 1996 with a Kinesiology Degree and finishing as UVIC’s 3rd all-time leading scorer, Greg embarked on a professional basketball career which spanned for 10 years playing for teams in New Zealand, France, England, and Spain.

Greg was also a member of the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team from 1999-2002 and he represented his country at the 2002 World Championships.  When Greg hung up his basketball shoes in 2005, he attended UBC and earned his Bachelor of Education Degree and began his teaching career.

Greg is a certified “Train to Compete” coach through Canada Basketball and he has been a Head Coach at the West Van Schools Premier Basketball Academy since its inception in 2013.

Additionally, Greg has coached at West Van Secondary for the past 10 years, highlighted by leading the 2014 WVSS Junior Boys to a Provincial Championship, the first in the school’s history.

Ryan Lenarduzzi

Ryan Lenarduzzi

Assistant Coach

I believe in the power of sport and I have built my career around this foundation. Sport provides the opportunity to test personal limits, gain insight into human nature and hone life skills. Socially, sport has the power to bring people together, create community and most importantly make people happy. I utilize a wealth of diverse experience, both professional and athletic, to harness the power of sport through basketball training, youth sport programs, partnerships and events and management services to create meaningful and positive experiences.

Current Projects, Partnerships and Coaching:

  • Head Coach/Founder – North Shore Basketball Academy
  • Head Coach – West Vancouver Schools Premier Basketball Academy
  • Programming partnership with Squamish Nation.
  • Personal Basketball Coaching

Experience:

  • Business Development Manager – Fortius Sport & Health
  • Athletic Coordinator and Sports Camps Manager – Capilano University
  • Program Manager – Douglas College Sports Camps
  • Player Development Coach – Capilano University Men’s Basketball
  • University Athlete (Basketball)

Playing info:

Highschool:
North Shore All-Star averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds (Handsworth)

College:
UPEI
Cap U (Hold single game rebounding record)

Blake Poritz

Blake Poritz

Assistant Coach

Coach Blake is one of the commissioners of the RBL Basketball program. Blake grew up playing RBL as his dad Richard helped start the league in 1997. He played on RBL provincial teams and represented RBL at the U-15 BC club championships as a teammate of former NBA player Robert Sacre.

Blake played his high school basketball at Sir Winston Churchill high school in Vancouver. He helped them qualify for the senior boy’s provincials and he was named Lower Mainland MVP that year after averaging 38.5ppg in the lower mainland tournament. He graduated in 2006.

Following his graduation Blake played collegiately for Capilano College at the CCAA level for one year before making the jump to the CIS level and playing for St. Francis Xavier University.

Coach Blake has also represented Canada internationally on the Canadian Maccabiah team. He played as a junior (u-19) in 2005 and on the open men’s team in 2013.

Kristjana Young

Kristjana Young

WVS Teacher & Head Coach

Ms. Kristjana Young
WVS Teacher & Head Coach, WVS Premier Basketball Academy

Ms. Young comes to West Vancouver Schools as a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan School of Education. Ms. Young is a competitive university, national, and professional level athlete.

  • Able to foster an environment where all students feel valued, safe, and supported
  • Ability to build relationships with both students and colleagues
  • Able to meet support & meet the diverse needs of the students by implementing instructional practices that put them at the center of their learning
  • Ability to provide differentiated instruction, providing voice and choice for students in all kinds of learning situations
  • Able to contribute to the school community through her passion for sport and coaching
  • Values students’ cognitive, emotional, social & physical health
  • Believes in supporting student learning in all aspects of their personal development

Personal Athletic & Coaching Experience

  • 2017-2019: North Vancouver Basketball Academy Coach
  • 2015-2016: Professional Basketball Player, South German Bundesliga
  • 2010-2015: UBC Women’s Basketball Team Member and Captain
  • 2011-2013: Canadian National Basketball Team Member
  • 2015-2016: Sport Leader and Attendant, Richmond Olympic Oval

Education

2019-2020 Bachelor of Education: University of British Columbia Okanagan | Kelowna,

B.C.

2010-2015 Bachelor of Arts: University of British Columbia | Vancouver, B.C.

 Teaching Experience

2020 September – December: Kelowna Secondary School, Grade 10 Social Studies and

Physical and Health Education

2019 November – March: KLO Middle School, Grade 9 English and High-Performance PHE,

Grade 7 Social Studies and Digital Media Inquiry

 Volunteer Experience

2019-2020: Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, Junior Boys Basketball Coach

2018-2019: Handsworth Secondary School Senior Women’s Basketball Coach

Joey Dhillon

Joey Dhillon

Assistant Coach On-Call

Joey Karnail Singh Dhillon
WVS Assistant Coach On-Call

Playing Career:

Played for Coach Paul Eberhardt at RC Palmer Secondary. Member of the 2011 “AAA” Provincial Champions.

Coaching Career:

  • Currently the Assistant Coach: Langara College Men’s Basketball Team
  • Assistant Coach: 2015 U14 Boys Provincial Team
  • Assistant Coach: 2016 U16 Boys Provincial Team
  • Former Head Coach: Cambie Secondary School

2015 “AA” Lower Mainland Champions